The other day at the grocery store, I got to chatting with the cashier who was helping me. She was sporting one of the cutest sparkly manicures I’d seen in a while, and when I told her how much I liked it, she replied, “Aw, thanks! Since I have to wear a uniform every day, I like to do something to spice it up.”
Amen to that! Working for Tabs, I also have to wear a uniform of sorts — you know, sensible shoes and clothes that show I’m responsible enough to handle midnight gravy runs, and other crucial cat-assigned tasks. To spice things up this week, I plan to wear something from Essie Luxeffects.
The new collection of nail polishes launched earlier this month with five glittery shades ($8 each), and WOW! — what a surprise. I think of Essie as a pretty conservative line, so it’s neat to see them take a detour down a sparkly path.
The glitter flecks they used for these polishes, which are designed to be worn alone or layered with other lacquers, come in different shapes and sizes, from larger hexagonal flecks to tiny round ones smaller than a grain of sand, and the variety creates the illusion of depth and dimension.
The collection includes…
Essie Luxeffects from the left: As Gold as it Gets, Shine of the Times, A Cut Above, Pure Pearlfection and Set in Stones
Set in Stones
A Cut Above
Essie loaded up these polishes with glitter, and for each of these swatches, I only used two layers.
Shine of the Times
As Gold as it Gets
All of them dry relatively quickly, too — not exactly lightning fast, but about 10 minutes, without a base coat.
Quietly iridescent Pure Pearlfection seems a little out of place beside flashier glitters like A Cut Above and Set in Stones, but I appreciate the variety.
PRICE: $8 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Ulta stores, Nordstrom and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
Desperately seeking Chrismas tree skirt…
A victim of the famous Christmas Tree Incident, the red felt tree skirt I’d been using forever finally bit the dust last year. I’ve been looking for a replacement but haven’t been able to find one that isn’t hot pink, crushed velvet or bedazzled, or any combination thereof. If you have any leads on a basic red one, let me know.
Speaking of kittehs and the destruction they wreak, a cat lady friend sent this cartoon the other day…
Haha! I wonder if these cats are drinking catnip martinis.
Tonight is El Hub’s holiday work party, so it could be a late night for me. For makeup, I’m thinking about smokey eyes and Urban Decay Naked2. Hmm…
I hope you had a great day today. Talk to you soon.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,